Many natural systems reduce flood damage by soaking up water if they are not sealed off with concrete. This webinar will feature St. Louis University Biology Professor Jason Knouft explaining how urban streams and rivers can thrive with the diverse ecosystems which are critical for water absorption. It will also include comments by others on flood threats to low income renters, solidarity support for victims and reducing stormwater problems via rain barrels, rain gardens, detention ponds, bioswales, greenways and rainscaping as well as the need to reduce impervious surfaces and expand gray infrastructure (stormwater drainage pipes, stormwater vaults, and pumps).
BIO: JASON KNOUFT, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University. He is a Large River Ecologist at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton, Illinois.